Christmas is my all time favorite time of the year. I love the constant reminder to show joy and love and just the whole atmosphere in general. On top of all of that, I’m also a Christian so the Christmas season is an amazing reminder of all of the amazing gifts and love God has given to us.
However, the Holidays are also a huge time period of over consumption, which leads to a whole lot of trash. I’m not sure if any of you guys have noticed, but our planet has a lot of junk on it and all of that junk is filling up all of the amazing ecosystems and beautiful areas of land that our God has blessed us with. Now if you’re anything like me, you probably find that pretty upsetting because we’ve been given an awesome place to live but no one seems to take good care of it. I think it’s really, really important to give and be generous and joyful throughout this season but it’s equally as important to respect the natural resources we’ve been blessed with. Because of this, I decided to buy all of my Christmas gifts second hand this year and it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made, here’s why.
Reason #1: I saved a ridiculous amount of money. I bought gifts for 5 different people, some of them I even bought multiple gifts for. By the end of all of my purchases, I had spend LESS than $60. In past years, I had planned on spending $20 per person, which means I would spend about $100, so it may not seem like the that big of a difference. However the catch as to why it’s so awesome ties into my second reason.
Reason #2: Every. Single. Gift. was actually good. It wasn’t some cheap piece of clothing or random piece of decor that was kind of cute but mostly just inexpensive. Everything had real value but nothing cost too much. I was able to buy great items that my family would actually love and appreciate at a reduced price.
Reason #3: Antique stores and thrift shops are just cool in general. They’re fun to explore and they hold lots of stories and interesting pieces that are fun to check out, even if you have no intention of buying them. I bought most of my gifts from St. Germain Antiques, in my home town, and my friend and I were able to make a fun day out of it even though she wasn’t actually buying anything. I find shopping in places like this to be really calming and soothing where as shopping in a mall can be pretty exhausting.
Reason #4: The obvious reason, which is not creating a need for any new products or packaging by reusing the things we have on this Earth that were already produced. Instead of letting all of the cool objects and things we have go to waste, we can use them for years and years to come. There’s nothing gross or dirty about buying something used, especially when you look at the impact it can have on our environment.
I’m not trying to tell you that you shouldn’t buy people gifts or that material things are horrible. It’s still so important to use this time of year as a way to show people your love for them and your love for God and sometimes that’s through physical gifts which is totally okay. Basically, what I want you to get out of this blog post is that second hand gifts are great. They don’t make you cheap or weird. In my personal opinion and experience, people actually appreciate these gifts more because they can tell a story and they show character. I’m not saying you have to go out and buy every single there from a thrift store, although that would be great, but I just think you should give it a try. Go to an antique store and just look around. That’s all I’m asking of you. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.